There are fashions in website design just as there are fashions in everything else. A website needs constant maintenance to ensure that it does not become old-fashioned and reliant on trends that have long since passed.
Here a 7 website design features that should not be in your website design.
Flash - Once a favourite among website designers, Flash intros are definitely old hat. This is because so many people use mobile devices to view the Internet these days, and many devices do support its use. Flash also takes a while to load, and if you need another reason to ditch it, Google does not like Flash, so its inclusion may harm your website rankings.
Pop-ups - A great annoyance to many website users, pop-ups simply get in the way. Avoid.
Stock photos - Website visitors are clever people and they can spot a stock photo a mile away. It creates a far better impression to use your own, professionally-taken photographs.
Autoplay videos - It is becoming common knowledge that Google loves video website content, but users loathe videos that play automatically as soon as they enter a site. Ensure any videos on your site need to be clicked to play.
Web content - People do not want to have to read great swathes of text to find out what they need to know. Keep your website content succinct, snappy, and engaging, and avoid overlong paragraphs.
Sidebars - Sidebars are fine in website design, as long as they are not animated. They can be distracting for the user and take their attention away from the more important information on your site.
Banners - Similar to sidebars, they are a distraction and can ruin the look of your site, taking up space that can be used more effectively.
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